Four Delphian releases feature in Presto Classical's 'Top Albums of 2020': a list of 100 exceptional releases from across the classical industry, published this morning.

Rachel Mahon, Stef Conner, Sean Shibe, and contemporary group The Hermes Experiment enter the running for the Top 10 Recordings of 2020, announced by Presto Classical on 10th December.

In 2019, Ed Lyon's 17th Century Playlist won Debut Solo Album in Presto's yearly awards, which showcase (in Presto's words) "the albums which really made us listen afresh to core repertoire, or made compelling cases for music which was new to us"

The four Delphian Releases named in Presto Classical's Top 100 Recordings of 2020 are:

BACH

Sean Shibe

Three years as a Delphian artist have seen Sean Shibe record music from seventeenth century Scottish lute manuscripts to twenty-first-century works for electric guitar, picking up multiple editor’s choices and award nominations for each release, as well as the Royal Philharmonic Society’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year accolade.

Now he turns to the music of J. S. Bach, with three works whose obscure early performance history belies their status as repertoire staples for modern guitarists.


Canadian Organ Music on the Organ of Coventry Cathedral

Rachel Mahon

Underpinning 21st-century virtuosity with a moving story of continent-crossings both musical and personal, Rachel Mahon’s debut recital album surveys a century of organ music from Mahon’s native Canada, presenting it on a British instrument which is itself a testimony to the generosity of Canadian music-lovers in the difficult years of post-war reconstruction.


HERE WE ARE

The Hermes Experiment

With over sixty commissions to its credit after just six years of existence, The Hermes Experiment has already proved itself a force to be reckoned with in the creation and advocacy of new music.

Now, nine of those commissions are brought together on the ensemble’s debut album release, showcasing its deliberately idiosyncratic line-up of harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass in a compelling survey of styles and individual voices.


Riddle Songs

Stef Conner, Hanna Marti, Everlasting voices

This is an album of new music with very old words -- a concept album with a difference: a personal vision of a world just out of reach. Its music and its stories, its seasons and its creatures are addressed or conjured up in hymns, spells, and that most Anglo-Saxon of poetic forms – the riddle. Conner’s settings draw on English folksong, medieval music scholarship and a range of unlikelier inspirations to make something entirely her own.



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